Lewis Hamilton took another step towards securing his 6th Formula 1 title by topping the 1st practice of the Mexican Grand Prix weekend for Mercedes just 1/10th faster than Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
While Leclerc is going for his 3rd win of the season and Verstappen his 3rd in Mexico – Hamilton is playing for the highest stakes of all at the high-altitude Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, and the world champion set his fastest time with 20 mins remaining: 1m 17.327s on soft tires.
That was after Racing Point’s Lance Stroll brought out a Red flag as he crashed at Turn 16, causing a 10-min clean-up.
Overnight rain made for captivating viewing Friday morning in Mexico City as drivers began on intermediate tyres, switching to slicks with an hour remaining – but still having to wrestle their machines through the circuit, cueing lock-ups, spins – and Stroll’s side-on meeting with the stadium barriers, from which he was able to limp his car back to the pits.
Leclerc was not far off Hamilton and set his time on medium tires, with Verstappen hot on with a time of 1m 17.461s. His teammate Alex Albon followed half a sec back, as the soft-shod Red Bulls once again relished the challenges of Mexico City.
FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2019
Practice 1 results
|1 Lewis HAMILTON MercedesAMG||1:17.327|
|2 Charles LECLERC Ferrari||+0.119s|
|3 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing||+0.134s|
|4 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing||+0.622s|
|5 Valtteri BOTTAS MercedesAMG||+0.678s|
In the 2nd Mercedes Valtteri Bottas was narrowly slower than Albon, in fifth, but 2/10ths faster than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with the Top 6 drivers separated by 0.891s.
Enjoy the racing this weekend.